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Videotape shows pyrotechnics risk

Several pyrotechnic industry professionals who saw video footage of a West Warwick, R.I., nightclub fire, which broke out during a heavy metal concert, say the band’s fiery stage display - the suspected cause of an inferno that killed at least 96 people - appeared to burn too high, too hot, and too long to be used in a club that size.

“Indoor displays are quick; they last only a few seconds,” said Michael J. Fox of New Castle, Pa.-based fireworks firm Pyrotecnico. “What I saw were flames that lasted a really long time.”

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